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National Archives and Records AdministrationBERLIN AIR LIFT (OUTTAKES FROM "OPERATIONS VITTLES")

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Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - )

ARC Identifier 65508 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-17643. Summary: Activities of Berlin Air Lift. Aerial delivery of supplies to Berlin, July, 1948. British and American A/C and personnel hauling supplies. Good coverage of Tempelhof Air Field, Berlin. Arrival of Ambassador Douglas. Unloading of supplies from C-47's and C-54's. Loading of same. Some shots at Frankfurt, Germany. (Reel 5 -- some German news reel shots, with sound). Conference of American and British military representatives. Reel 1. RAFB (British), Gatow, Berlin. SWANEE LAKE A.F.B., BERLIN; TEMPEL HOF A.Y.B., BERLIN. General action at above bases as planes are loaded and unloaded. Good shots of airfields, trucks and man power used to keep the planes moving. A/C in film are the B-17, C-47, C-54 (stationary). B-17, C-47, C-54 (taxiing). B-17, C-47, C-54, (taking off). A/C (British) on the York & Sunderland. Scenes of British a/c stationary, taxiing and taking off. General scenes of unloading activity on all of the above air craft. Mr. Louis Douglas, U.S. ambassador to G.B., arrives at Tempelhof to confer with General Clay. Scenes of his arrival and welcome by Gen. Clay and honor guard. Large and small barges are used to move supply from the Sunderlands. German civilian laborers, British EM and American EM used to keep supplies moving. Officers entering and leaving base operations. Big sign, "USAF Station, Tempelhof". Reel 2: Int: An officer writing on a map; a baker pulling bread out of an oven; women buying bread at a bakery; pastry products on a counter. MLS: C-54's on the ramp. Trucks moving about. MS: C-54's being unloaded at the air dock. Int: Bakers putting bread in ovens to bake. MLS: A C-54 taxiing. Int:Pastry products in a bake shop. MS: Coal being unloaded from a C-54; truck backing up to a C-54. MC: General Lucias Clay greeting Ambassador Douglas. MLS: C-54's parked on the field. MS: General Clay and Ambassador Douglas getting into a car. MLS: C-54's parked on the field; trucks moving about aircraft in bg. Int: Ambassador Douglas talking to a group of men. MS: trucks coming in a gate. MLS: C-54's parked on the field; C-54 taxiing. MS: A trailer truck loaded with supplies moving past camera -- others being unloaded. MLS: C-54's and C-47's being unloaded. CS: Germans unloading flour from a truck. CS: General Lucias Clay standing beside a car. CS: Three mens feet -- dolly load of flour blocks them from view. MS: Germans unloading flour from a truck. MS: C-47 taxiing. MS: Several truck loads of flour. MLS: Germans waiting for an elevated train. MLS Trailer trucks being unloaded. MC: Germans unloading flour from a truck. Int: Ambassador Douglas. Int: Ambassador Douglas and General Clay. Int: An airman speaking through a lip microphone. (Insert of title, "Operations Vittles, Berlin Airlift", then date, "1948", and Air Force seal. "The End"). Int: Airman using a regular microphone. MLS: Pan, l to r, C-54 taking off. CS: General Clay and Ambassador Douglas entering a car. MS: Ambassador Douglas being greeted by General Clay. MS: Trucks being unloaded. MS: Building. Sign says, "Royal Air Force, Station Gatow". CS: Truck load of milk. MS: Truck load of flour. Flour being unloaded from a British plane. Reel 3: Scenes in this reel show the loading of coal and flour into trucks and into C-47's and C-54's. Coal being taken off barges and put in a topper and then being put into sacks. Maintenance work on C-54's, and several scenes of G.C.A. operators bringing in aircraft. Scenes taken at Frankfurt, Germany. Reel 4: Good coverage of the Swanee AFB, Berlin, used by the British, Sunderland a/c landing, taxiing, taking off, and stationary. Scene of Arthur Henderson, British Secretary of Air, making inspection of Swanee Lake AFB. Sunderlands, being unloaded. Small barges unloaded, from a/c and loaded into larger barges. C-47 and C-54 landing, stationary, and taking off. Unloading action at Tempelhof AFB. Scenes of take offs and landing at Rhein Main AFB. MLS of the control tower and sign, RHEIN MAIN. Good shots of unloading and equipment at Tempelhof hangars. Good coverage of the interior the G.C.A. room. Operators and equipment -- EM on duty talking in a plane (not seen). Reel 5: Shows animation to be used in edited picture and newspaper clippings. British a/c, Yark, taxiing, landing, and being unloaded. C-54's in flight, taking off, stationary, and being unloaded. C-47's being unloaded. Scenes inside a bakery. German civilians at sporting events and on the street. An airplane after it has crashed. MP's on guard duty. Arrival of Ambassador Douglas and greeting by General Clay. Scenes were taken at the Royal Air Base, Gatow Station, and at Rhein Main base, Franfurt. Reel 6: Good coverage on the activity at Rhein Main AFB and Tempelhof AFB. C-54's and C-47's; unloading and loading activity. C-54 and C-47 landing, taking off, taxiing, stationary. British Sunderland loading and unloading -- short scenes of Swanee AFB, Berlin. Good coverage on the conference, at Tempelhof AFB, by General Clay and Louis Douglas. The confrence room. American and British military representatives. Shot of maps on sliding wall panels and on folding racks. Good coverage on the G.C.A. system in operation. All scenes of the interior of the control room -- EM operating equipment and directing plane to landing (plane not seen). Shots of cargoes being unloaded by German civilians (coal, flour, milk, cases of food stuffs) Short, scenes of rurway construction at Rhein Main. Shots of motor transportation at hangars, and along road. Long convoy of trucks. Reel 7: Int CU: A smal1 girl eating bread. Int CU: A small boy eating bread. THE END. Good

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